Insuring the Well-Being of Bookstores and Booksellers

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The executive director of SIBA, Wanda Jewell, explains why she supports Binc, and why all of us should join her


For nearly 20 years, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) has served as booksellers’ safety net, providing short-term financial support for booksellers (and their families) when they face an unexpected financial hardship.

Binc’s first assistance grant was given to a single mother struggling to pay her bills almost 20 years ago. Since that modest grant of $323, the level of assistance has grown, and the average grant today is more than $1,500. Whether the need arises from a natural disaster, serious medical expenses, domestic violence, the threat of eviction, or loss of utilities or household income, Binc works with each bookseller to return to a state of financial equilibrium.

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Life Can Change in a Single Moment


We recently received a donation and a poignant letter from a former bookseller who suffered a stroke in the prime of life.  We hope that sharing her words will serve as a reminder to us all that we never know what tomorrow will bring.

“For well over a month after my grant was approved I cried every time I thought about it. I simply couldn’t believe the compassion shown to us by Binc!

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New Committee Chairs to Lead Marketing and Fundraising

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Nonprofits like Binc depend on their board of directors to make informed decisions about issues affecting the organization in order to accomplish their goals. Binc is fortunate to have a diverse and committed board of directors that truly care about the mission and is ready to jump in and get involved. As part of their service, Binc board members also join one of Binc’s standing committees – Communication & Marketing, Fundraising & Events, Finance & Governance, or Program. As a committee member they can more closely address issues and take action on Binc’s goals by contributing first hand in their own area of expertise. Board members serve as the committee chairs, being responsible for running the committee and coordinating communication and actions with the board. We are pleased to announce two board members who have volunteered to be committee chairs for 2015.

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Binc Tribute Scholarship Honors Bookseller, Karl Pohrt

Karl Pohrt

“Many people have claimed that literature can change lives. But few individuals lived and experienced life more committed to this belief than Karl Pohrt. He not only believed that literature provided the opportunity to inhabit and experience the lives of others—thereby more deeply understanding the human condition—but he also believed that in doing so writing and reading became transformative, political acts. For there is no greater agent for peace and understanding than reading the literatures of others.”

– Jeremy Chamberlin, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Fiction Writers Review

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Changes to the Binc Board of Directors in 2015

2014 was another big and exciting year at Binc. We launched a video about how we helped a veteran bookseller keep his bookstores, we traveled across the country to attend the IBA meetings and meet more book people, and we expanded our scholarship program, awarding almost $200,000 to booksellers and their families to pursue their higher education goals.

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Binc Recognizes Departing Board Members

thank-youAs we say goodbye to 2014, we also have to say goodbye to three exceptional Board members who have completed their terms. These three women have been instrumental in supporting the Binc Foundation from the beginning. Their involvement with attending events, recruiting volunteers, assisting with technical jobs, and helping to plan a sustainable future has greatly advanced the mission of the Foundation to assist booksellers in need. It is not an exaggeration to say that we would not be where we are today without their hard work. Please join us in recognizing their vision, celebrating their accomplishments and thanking them for their service to the board of directors.

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Books Interrupted My Vacation And Other Adventures in the World of Publishing

Opened book on a sand with green sunglassesAs an entrepreneur in the publishing and entertainment field, the time and money to take a vacation is rare. Every writer, publisher, and corporate entertainment entity operates on its own schedule, not mine. The clients and colleagues with whom I work bring to life the television shows, music, books, games, toys, and news consumed by millions everyday. And I have to be prepared and available when needed. That is why I jumped at the opportunity to travel with a friend, who is also the Public Information Officer for the town in which we live, to Clearwater, Florida recently for her annual pilgrimage to the NIOA (National Information Officers Association) Conference. I know that work never stops. But, I looked forward to the chance to change the view and my surroundings, and a little fun, while I kept up my daily work schedule. Not to mention the semi-vacation was about half the cost of what a real vacation would have been. Sign me up! I packed my bags and we hit the road. I was intrigued by the notion that I could learn about the NIOA and hear from my friend about some of the cases they were to cover at the conference. Among the highlights of this year’s conference, they covered how the FBI managed the media for the Boston Marathon Bombing, the 2013 Alabama child-hostage bunker crisis (Midland City, Al.), and Cleveland’s kidnapping victims of Aerial Castro. NCIS also gave a presentation about the Washington Navy Yard Shooting Rampage and its challenges. While I was unable to attend the conference sessions, it was great to hear about what the attendees were able to learn from the presentations.

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A Casual Comment Leads to a Magical Pairing

eightfold logo skyDid you ever have one of those very ordinary encounters that snowballs into something much bigger? A casual comment, which grows to a longer conversation, leading to an introduction and all this is followed up with something really extraordinary. That is exactly the chain of events that led to Binc’s relationship with Eightfold Marketing & Creative.

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Binc Welcomes Two New Board Members

The Binc Foundation is pleased to welcome Mary Jane Karwoski (Books-A-Million) and Annie Philbrick (Bank Square Books) to the Binc Board of Directors. Pam French, Executive Director of the Foundation, is thrilled about the new board members and said, “We feel very fortunate to add Mary Jane and Annie to the Binc board. Their leadership experience, industry knowledge and passion for bookselling will help us continue to refine our strategic plan.”

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Video – The Binc Foundation helps one independent bookseller eliminate over $100,000 in medical debt

In August of 2012, independent bookseller Clarey Rudd required emergency surgery after complications from cancer caused his throat to close to the size of a small wire. Thankfully, Clarey made a full recovery, but was inundated by over $100,000 of medical bills. This video tells how the Binc Foundation helped Clarey and his family by eliminating 100% of his medical debt and ensuring the future of his bookstores.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is proud to have been able to provide a safety net for Clarey and his family when they were faced with a potential crisis. With your support, Binc will be able to continue in our mission of supporting booksellers like Clarey through times of financial hardship.

To allow Binc to continue assisting booksellers who experience a financial crisis, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Binc today.